Steve Bruce admits Sunderland job was “a mistake”

Steve Bruce has made it back-to-back days in the back pages after today’s heartfelt confession that managing Sunderland was “arguably a mistake”.

Steve Bruce admits Sunderland job was “a mistake”

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November 1st, 2013

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Ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Sunderland, Bruce remarked to gathered reporters today that, due to his strong link (read: fandom of) Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle, he may have jumped the gun in agreeing to manage the Mackems, which he did for two years until November 2011.

“In hindsight maybe going there was a mistake…being where I’m from, being a Newcastle fan as a boy, some would never forgive that…you have to look back and learn from it, learn from your mistakes.

“You question yourself – did you make the right decision? I left a really good Wigan team to go there. Being a Newcastle fan, as soon as it went a little pear-shaped they couldn’t wait to jump on the bandwagon.”

After spending seven months out of the game, he returned as Hull City manager last summer – guiding the Tigers to a Championship promotion and a comfortable mid-table spot in the top-flight to date.

Yesterday, meanwhile, will not have been a happy Halloween for the former Manchester United player, as the FA confirmed it would charge him with misconduct following comments he made after Hull’s 1-0 defeat at Spurs.

A handball in the box was awarded against Ahmed Elmohamady, leaving Roberto Soldado to tuck away the penalty – and Bruce fuming.

“I shouldn’t say this and I might get fined,” he said following the match, “but would we have got [the penalty]? I’m not so sure.”


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